HORTICULTURAL SECTOR : TESTS OF NEW BIODEGRADABLE AND COMPOSTABLE MATERIALS

The horticultural sector of Andalusia tests new biodegradable and compostable materials to improve practices for soil mulching and planting. The results of these tests will imply a closer approximation of intensive horticulture to the principles of circular economy.

The project REINWASTE ("Reconstruction of the food supply chain testing innovative solutions to achieve zero inorganic waste") began in April 2018 and aims at managing the inorganic waste generated in agrifood systems, both from agriculture and the industry, respecting the principles of circular economy at the highest possible level.

One of the clusters that make up this project is the agri-food sector of horticultural products in Andalusia (Spain). AGAPA and IFAPA, as project partners, are developing various types of pilot projects to test new biodegradable and compostable materials that can replace the traditional plastics used in intensive horticulture.

On Thursday, January 16, 2020, two of the five pilot tests, carried out under the REINWASTE project, were visited: one of them in Motril (Granada) and the other in La Mojonera (Almería). These tests will improve the agricultural practices utilized for soil mulching and the raffias used for planting.

The results of these tests will imply a closer approximation of horticulture to the principles of circular economy, thus  contributing to the achievement of a more sustainable agriculture from a social, economic and environmental point of view.